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Whats In A Name?

It was hot humid august night. The winds have all but vanished. I was doing my best to keep the sweat out of my eyes. The A/C was dying in my 94 Explorer, lovingly named "Pugly", and there was no relief in sight. I decided it was time to stop throwing good money into bad. I was gonna do the unthinkable,.......I was going to commit the most heinous crime of them all! I was going to trade Pugly in for a newer model! Oh the heart break! The insanity of it all! I couldn't believe the thoughts were even going through my head.

I managed to get the old girl back home, to her resting place. She seemed at ease in her familiar surroundings. I had to come up with an explanation to let her know of my evil plan. So i just gave her that old wink and grin that she likes to see from me as we made it back home from another day of adventure in the treacherous Midwestern terrain. I did my best in hiding my cynical thoughts, as I walked around to her rear flank and gave her that little pat on her bumper, as I always have when we part for the night.

The next morning I gave her a real good bath, cleaned behind her mirrors, and brushed her grill. She still looked pretty good for her age. Oh sure she had the tell tale signs, gravity has got its firm grip on her, and I am not the best cosmetics guy in the world. she didn't seem to mind too much, she still kept her nose up and drove with pride.

After looking at many vehicles I just could not find anything that had the same feel as my old girl. Then it happened! Was I seeing a mirage? Was I so desperate to find another rig that I was blinded by insanity? I found my replacement! I quickly made a sale with the owner, and brought it home.

When I pulled in the driveway, my heart sunk as I looked into the yard to see my 94 looking at me in disbelief. She was sunning herself in the grass looking all shiny and then, she just looked away from me. My heart was tearing in two. I parked the new rig, and walked up to her and gave her a soft spoken "Hello". No reply. I tried to tickle her mirrors, no response. The tension was so great, you could have cut it with a 32 count fine tooth hacksaw. I had to explain to her that she gave me great satisfaction for many years, and we made a terrific team together, but the time has come for her to just relax and enjoy her final days. She finally revved up, and understood, her days as my work horse has ended (so we thought).

I introduced her to her daily driver replacement. The shiny new(er) next generation of her kind. The 95 Explorer XLT. She warmed right up to it. Before you know it they were swapping stories. Now I had to ask her for help. I needed a name for the new ride,
so I went to find her, and what did I see? Those two were grill to grill in the driveway. rubbing chrome! I had to get the water hose out and break them up! Sheesh, she was acting like a girl at the prom dance! I let the name thing drop for awhile.

The new(er) Ex needed to get its shots, and a physical. When I got the word on it's health, I about had a coronary. "What do you mean Doc"! I yelled. "Your kidding right"? I asked. The Doc just shook his head and gathered his tools. As he walked away, He said it had a 50/50 chance of survival. My stomach knotted up, my teeth ground, my heart raced, and I could feel the energy build up as I let it all out, "Why! Why! Why did this have to happen"! I screamed.

The prognostic exam from the doc was as such. It had a blown steering rack, the shocks were gone, the brakes were non existent, front sway bar was cracked in half, the 3rd brake light was out, none of the windows or the moon roof would work, the door locks were broke, the rear end LS clutch pack was burned up, the tires were all in need of replacement, the spare was a Firestone recall and flat, the engine had a nasty tick to it, the TPS was shot, the MAF was corroded, the battery had a dead cell in it, the hood shocks were not working, the rear hatch lock was jammed up and you couldn't open it with out a key in the lock, The carpet was stained to no repair, the rear window wiper didn't want to work, and we could not tell what year its engine swap came from. it was a mess, to say the least.

I went in the house to get my gun. I was gonna just put it out of its misery right there and then. I suddenly realized I was out of ammo, from shooting at the jeep that was in my field. I went to the computer to find a place to buy some cheap ammo, and I stumbled across this website, that said it could heal any ford Explorer no matter what the problems were! I jumped for joy, I could not believe the things I was reading! I wore out the search button, asked a bunch of questions. I quickly broke out my pen and paper, feverishly writing down things as I was learning! I had found a cure for everything that was wrong with my new transport. It was a Godsend, an angel from the SUV heavens!

I sprung into action. I worked day and night, Pugly was right by my side the entire time, helping me in any way she could. I never seen this side of her, and was really amazed at how well she handled the pressure. She gently squeegeed the sweat out off my fore head with her soft wiper blades as I worked away. After an entire weekend of work, I collapsed. I needed some rest, and so did the 95. The sun crested over the hills, and awoke me to a new day. I shuffled my feet to the window facing the driveway, peeled the drapes gently back, and peered out at the 95. WOW!
It had a its color back, and was looking great! Now as the time went on, (and most of my paychecks), and the selling of almost everything I own, for funds to get the 95 to its former glory.

After some time to reflect on this name thing, I strolled up and whispered into Pugly's passenger side mirror, and she giggled with delight.

I climbed up onto the front bumper in my pajamas and robe half opened, with a cup of coffee in one hand and the daily newspaper in the other, I raised my arms with out stretched hands and proclaimed the new name of the 95.

BEHOLD...........THE BLACK HOLE!!!!!!!! (Then the neighbor yelled at me to close my robe)

The End................(or is it just the beginning?)

Actually, only some of this really happened. :D

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Does anyone have a wiring diagram to help out here?

Might need both 95 and 98 . Thanks in advance. do on that ford disk i sent a few years ago do on that ford disk i sent a few years ago

seems I did a win 10 change and none of the cd's I had would work and they became frisbees before switching back to win7

I have no cd's at all in my house. no dvd's, no music.

seems I did a win 10 change and none of the cd's I had would work and they became frisbees before switching back to win7

I have no cd's at all in my house. no dvd's, no music.

Who did you let take them all outside to play with?

C212 male and female for 1995
May or maynot be the same, they can change terminal location/wire color



Also take the key out and get the column to lock, that way it doesn't go out of rotation on the clock spring.


If you cant lock the steering wheel, take some 1 inch painters tape and wrap the tape between the spokes of the wheel and around the shifter and the turn signal switch to keep the steering wheel from rotating.

1: so youre not 360 degrees or more out on your steering wheel when you put it back together

And 2: MOST IMPORTANTLY, you dont cut the ribbon within the clock spring, requiring replacement.

Most of the vehicles I work with dont lock or you have to go get a special pin tool to lock the steering wheel.

My go-to is always just the painters tape

Thanks kurt!!

Pretty sure once the wheel is locked, it won't move. But I have plenty of tape just in case. :)

I will turn those diagrams so I can read them later. Much appreciated!!

Edit: Easier on the old neck this way. :)

C212 's

95C212M Adj.jpg

95 F
95C212F Adj.jpg

98C212M Adj.jpg

98C212F Adj.jpg

Can't find circuit 810 (R/LG) on any of those. It is the BPP switch output (pin 2) on the BPP itself. It must go to the Gem first.

Found the rest, and they have matching circuit #'s and pin locations on C212. Which makes it easier to identify if one of them is misplaced. EXCEPT for LG/R wire. It says C10 on the switch diagram, but is C162 on the C212 diagrams. Weird? Misprint? Wrong diagrams?

98 BPP connector.gif

Edit #2... I found that the C10 LG/R wire is power from the fuse panel. It is #13, the fuse that is grounded and blowing with the pedal press. After the BPP it turns into C511 LG wire. This wire/circuit is the one I need to fix. It splices into C569 DG wire for the high stop, I imagine at the S212 in the dash.

95 brake circuit diagram.gif

As far as diagrams go, it would be easier to locate the circuit number we are dealing with and figure out what runs on that circuit and find the corresponding diagram, AllDataPro is stupid like that. Ill check ProDemand today and see what i can find.

When we spoke last night, you said the Gray connector was the one you were going after. But looking at the diagram and pictures posted, It sounds like the black connector is what you want.

You said it was directly behind the I/P Fuse block and from the pictures that would be the black connector i believe (apposed to mid-dash, like the gray one is).

Can anyone confirm this?


I wonder if your 3rd brake light might be part of the issue, if the circuit is different than the 98 and wiring. Have you by chance run a power to the brake light separately, either at the hatch connector, or on the brake wire elsewhere? I wonder if it will blow a fuse doing that too, or if that puts the power past the problem spot. If the 3rd light doesn't work, I wonder if the wire to it is grounded somewhere along the circuit?

I thought of this way back when the rig was returned, and I discovered the high stop not working. I have indeed disconnected the high stop, and put another power source to the ballast. It works just fine. I then disconnected the ballast, and tested the brake circuit. It failed, and blew the fuse (#13). That post was made way back when the rig was returned in Jan or Feb 2018. The circuits are the same for the high stop from 95 to 98 I believe.

The circuit is grounding either at the C212 where C10 becomes C511, C511 becomes C569, or a mismatch pin placement in C212. A current belief (by the installer) is that C511 brake circuit, is grounded to the one touch power module at C212. I disconnected the door jamb can to test this, and the fuse didn't blow when depressing the pedal.

After seeing that circuit C511 goes directly to the GEM, and is powered by C10 from the fuse panel, I'm not entirely convinced the issue is at C212 yet. Waiting on a response for the installer on his thoughts are and a possible fix for this.

A few other tests was done to rule out other bad parts. Cruise does not work as it knows the C511 is not right. Hazard flasher was tested, found good. Gem was tested for ground, and found good. The other BPP circuits was tested for ground, and found good. It is just this C511 from the pedal out that is bad.

Sorry, my head hurts now. I'm out.

I see, you have already dug through a lot of the circuit paths. Hopefully you will find it soon with the dash(212) connector out.

Ok so the rear left and rear right brake/park lamps work?

And the turn signals work?

Yeah, they run off a diff circuit and fuse #9.

Sorry, still not getting email notifications on any new posts. Just seen this.

Interesting. From the diagram you posted on #2774 it looks like there is a splice tying them all together.

So i found an excellent color diagram on ProDemand But i can not save it in any acceptable format :banghead::banghead::banghead:

Fuse 13 & 9 both run to the BPP.

Brake light circuit 511 splits at the BPP for both the high stop, and trailer tow harness.

For the high stop, it becomes 569. For the tow harness, it becomes 64 & 52. I believe this happens inside the Splice 212 box, before C226. After C226 they run to the fuse panel, and fuse 7 & 3 run the trailer lights.

S10 (R/LG) at the BPP from fuse #13 goes to the GEM. This is the fuse that is grounding out.

Where 511 splices into 64 is also in S212 according to this diagram. This is why I'm not completely sold on the issue being inside the 212 pinout connector, or maybe a combo of both?

light diagram 1.jpg

Tow harness 2.gif

Testing the trailer lights with a 4 pin tester lamp... When flipping on the turn signals, one works, the other flashes the brake light. These are the only functions that send power to the back. No brake lights with pedal depressed, no tail/running lights with headlights on, and one turn not working in the correct spot on the tester.

4 pin tester.jpg

guys, does this look right to you?

In theory, GMan could apply power to #2 on the fuse panel and the rear brake light should light up.
Also following that thought, shouldn't fuse 2 (7.5a) (Not fuse 13 (15a)) be the first to blow if anything after that point is shorted to ground?
Am I looking at the wrong diagram? The ****ty thing is, if this is correct, my brain is going the full circle back to S212 as the issue.

1995 Wiring

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As I keep digging, I can see the differences in the 1995/1998 connector with the high mount brake light.
With the 1998 S212 wiring is pin 511 and pin 569 jumped together? That's kinda what it looks like to me. It's just so crappy that S212 is so hard to get at.

Or...are these the diagrams the original guy was looking at when he adjusted the wiring harness and created a short by following this?

1998 Wiring